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8 years ago  ::  May 25, 2009 - 7:08AM #1
Theophilus XX
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Bennison's Sex Abuse Scandal Edited out of Wikipedia by Order of Schori By David W. Virtue Virtue Online [United States] May 23, 2007 www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news...


The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Mrs. Katharine Jefferts Schori allegedly ordered all references to a sex scandal surrounding Pennsylvania Bishop Charles E. Bennison to be removed from Wikipedia, the widely read online encyclopedia. The ultra-liberal bishop faces both an ecclesiastical presentment and civil fraud charges. In a clear attempt to downplay Bennison's role in the cover-up of a 14-year girl who was sexually abused by his brother, the Rev. John Bennison, Barbara Alton, Bennison's personal assistant, claims she was told by Mrs. Schori to remove the sexually explicit references to the bishop's cover up. John Bennison was forced from his parish and resigned from The Episcopal Church when sexual allegations emerged in the Diocese of California. He avoided prosecution because of the Statute of Limitations. At the time of the abuse, he was sharing a home with his brother Charles.


The scandal came to Philadelphia when family members of the abused girl presented their case in a series of town hall type meetings around the diocese. The sex abuse scandal eventually found its way into the widely read on line encyclopedia. People searching for "Charles Bennison" on google.com are immediately confronted with a very exhaustive section on the scandal. The first thing to come up is a history of the sex scandal, which apparently caught the attention of the Presiding Bishop's office. Here is an example: "Exec Asst to Bishop Bennison again deleted inflammatory and libelous text. 17:26, 21 May 2007 Barbaraalton External Links - The links about scandals must be deleted per order of the Presiding Bishop in her address to ECCP in New York available on podcast. She requires us to focus on the mission of the church."


Alton then removed all the references, many of them related to VirtueOnline stories about the bishop's behavior. Alton did not return a phone call to her office, but according to Wikipedia, Alton claims she is removing the comments "by order of the Presiding Bishop!" VirtueOnline sent the Wikipedia sections to Mrs. Schori, but has not received a response. Click here: en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Charl... The request to delete various entries regarding Bennison and the sex scandal go back to November 2006 and take up several pages in Wikipedia. In a report on the Cathedral Campus Development in the center of "Philadelphia, which Bennison labeled as "absolutely confidential", he said developers and local politicians are being approached to investigate changing zoning laws in order to develop a "scheme" that will allow a high rise to be built on diocesan property surrounding the cathedral area.

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8 years ago  ::  May 25, 2009 - 10:09AM #2
a_dancer
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I thought the only thing a Presiding Bishop could ORDER is take-out.

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8 years ago  ::  May 25, 2009 - 11:26AM #3
JoanTreese
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Hey Theo.... you're really on a roll here!Foot in mouth

Joan

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? [Micah 6:8]
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8 years ago  ::  May 25, 2009 - 12:27PM #4
Dutch777
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Ellen and Joan:


Ever notice that the trolls who lack the testicular archecture to self-identify in their B-Net profiles also are the ones who rely on David Virtue for their info. ?  Self-respecting conservatives shy away from Virtue, but not the anonymous trolls.


As for PBKJS ordering out  an entry in Wikipedia --- let's get real.  Neither she nor anyone else in  TEC has that kind of clout.  Perhaps our atesticular troll can order-out some chop suey and eggrolls this Memorial Day.  It'll occupy that person's time and attention.  (Watch out for the MSG, Bunky).






Oh --- did anyone notice the word "alleged"?
There's always maximum "alleged" and a minimum of "factual" in Virtue's articles.

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8 years ago  ::  May 25, 2009 - 12:34PM #5
RJMcElwain
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It seems the main difference here is that, in the Anglican Communion, when such abuse is found, we turn it over to the courts for prosecution. In the RCC, they transfer the miscreant to new pastures.Frown

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8 years ago  ::  May 25, 2009 - 8:44PM #6
maplewood
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He's started four critical threads in one day without ever making a second post to any...


Odds are that the Moderator Gods and Godesses will intervene soon.


His church is packed with people like this.

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8 years ago  ::  May 25, 2009 - 10:49PM #7
LitanyoftheSaints
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Eh, why is Theo bringing up a "story" that is over 2 years old?


 


Bennison has since been defrocked and most likely will never work in the Episcopal Church in any capacity again. The Diocese of PA has already selected a long term interim bishop to take his place.


Time to move on!

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8 years ago  ::  May 25, 2009 - 11:04PM #8
LitanyoftheSaints
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And why does that-Virtue-what's-his-name call The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Mrs. Katharine Jefferts Schori? You wouldn't call a male priest or bishop "Mr. So and So"!


It's "The Most Reverend Dr.  Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church!"


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"The centrality of our mission is to love each other. That means caring for our neighbors. And it does not mean bickering about fine points of doctrine."- ++KJS
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http://chicksinpointyhats.blogspot.com/

"We are to be Christ's hands and feet and heart and mind and we cannot do that if we assume God's role of judgment. The judge's job is filled. God alone is judge! Those who would be Saviors of the Church and the people in it are also reminded that the Savior's job has been filled. Jesus Christ filled it once for all. "- Bishop Rodney Michel
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8 years ago  ::  May 26, 2009 - 10:31AM #9
JoanTreese
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May 25, 2009 -- 11:04PM, LitanyoftheSaints wrote:


And why does that-Virtue-what's-his-name call The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Mrs. Katharine Jefferts Schori? You wouldn't call a male priest or bishop "Mr. So and So"!


It's "The Most Reverend Dr.  Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church!"


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Lit-- It is quite simple. Virtue does not recognize or respect ++Katharine as our presiding bishop.Embarassed

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8 years ago  ::  May 26, 2009 - 10:37AM #10
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Quoting David Virtue is the most convincing way to de-legitimize oneself and one's position.  Responsible conservatives avoid DV.  He's favored by the fringies and trolls.

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